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Title: Molecular evidence for absence of Y-linkage of the Hairy Ears trait.
Authors: Lee, AC
Kamalam, A
Adams, SM
Jobling, MA
First Published: Dec-2004
Citation: EUR J HUM GENET, 2004, 12 (12), pp. 1077-1079
Abstract: The human Hairy Ears phenotype has traditionally been regarded as the only Y-linked heritable trait. Here, we use Y-chromosomal DNA binary-marker haplotyping to show that a cohort of southern Indian Hairy-Eared males carries Y chromosomes from many haplogroups of the Y-phylogeny, which, under a hypothesis of Y linkage, would require multiple independent mutations within a single population. We further show that there is no significant difference between the Y-haplogroup spectrum in Hairy-Eared males and that in a geographically matched control sample of unaffected males. The trait cannot, therefore, be Y-linked in southern Indians, and by extension, is unlikely to be so in any population.
DOI Link: 10.1038/sj.ejhg.5201271
ISSN: 1018-4813
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Genetics

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